TOMORROW’S DIGITAL ART TALENT ON SHOW TODAY

Final year undergraduates in the University of Abertay Dundee’s Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games and School of Computing and Engineering Systems are putting the finishing touches to the“Abertay Digital Graduate Show 2010”, scheduled to open on Friday 21 May.

More than 200 students, most of whom will graduate this summer from Abertay degree courses are displaying their final-year project work to the rest of the University community plus invited guests.

The students comprise fourth-year undergraduates on Abertay’s degree courses in computer arts, creative sound production, visual communication and media design, computer games technology, and computing and related courses. Also displaying their project work are postgraduate students on Abertay’s masters degrees in computer games technology, and game art and animation.

They will take over not only the University’s own exhibition gallery, the Hannah Maclure Centre, but also Abertay’s newly-established National Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education, plus laboratories and study areas elsewhere on the campus.

Works on display in the Abertay Digital Graduate Show 2010 will include animation, video games, interactive designs, sounds, and illustrations all created with cutting edge technology to give a glimpse of the shape of digital media to come. Other projects include new programs for home automation, digital security systems, speech recognition and language processing, network systems, face recognition technology, and a variety of mobile computing devices and systems.

The exhibition takes place between 2pm and 4pm on Friday 21 May, and is free to the public. Part of the display, showing the work of computer arts, creative sound and visual communication students, will remain open to the public until 28 May in the Hannah Maclure Centre and the University’s Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.

The Abertay Digital Graduate Show 2010 will be marked by a special reception hosted by Professor Bernard King CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, at 4pm on 21 May in the Hannah Maclure Centre, located on the top floor of the Abertay Student Centre.

Amongst the talented students achievements, there will also be on exhibition the works of this year’s Dare to be Digital winners, one of which received the BAFTA“Ones to Watch” award and BAFTA Scotland New Talent award in April.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

Abertay University is the UK’s premier university for computer games technology, computer arts and related degrees, attracting students who are elite practitioners of digital art and creativity. Only nine UK degree courses in this field have been accredited by Skillset, the sector skills council for the creative industries, and three of them are at Abertay, including the BA (Hons) Computer Arts.

Dare to be Digital, organised and run by Abertay University, is the world’s premier computer games design competition for student programmers and artists. It is sponsored by Turner Broadcasting, Intel, Wacom, NCR, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council, with technology support from Adobe, Autodesk, Codesion, Crytek, Emergent, Hansoft and Sony. Teams selected for the annual competition spend 10-weeks over the summer in an intensive 'hot-house' development environment, building fully-functioning prototypes for assessment by industry judges and a public vote at Dare ProtoPlay, scheduled for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Media enquiries: Kevin Coe, tel 07850 904110, email k.coe@abertay.ac.uk


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